Align Technology Awards $270,000 as Part of Its University Research Award Program for Orthodontic Therapy and Intraoral Scanners
"This is the fifth consecutive year Align has provided this funding opportunity to universities to conduct research to advance the industry's understanding of orthodontic treatment," said
Peter H. Buschang, Dr. Helder B. Jacob, Dr. Phillip M. Campbell, Dr. Katie Julienat Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry( Dallas, TX), $25,000;
Serge Dibartand Dr. Leslie Willat Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine( Boston. MA), $25,000;
Joel Gluck, Dr. Marion L. Messersmith, and Dr. Megan Crabtreeat Vanderbilt University( Nashville, TN), $25,000;
Ki Beom Kimand Dr. Mazyar Moshiriat Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education( Saint Louis, MO), $25,000.
The International research award recipients for 2014 are:
Tommaso Castroflorio, Professor Cesare Lorenzo Debernardi, Dr. Maria Grazia Faggiano, and Dr. Francesco Garinoat University of Torino C.I.R. Dental School( Torino, Italy), $25,000;
Christina Erbeand Dr. Thomas Drechslerat University Medical Centerof the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Mainz, Germany), $25,000;
Nils Hunselarand Dr. Paul-Georg Jost-Brinkmannat Charité - Universitätsmedizin ( Berlin, Germany), $25,000;
Britta A. Jung, Mareike Simon, and Dr. Jörg Schwarze at University Medical Center Freiburg(Freiburg, Germany), $25,000;
Wenli Lai, Dr. Hu Long, Dr. Renhuan Huang, Dr. Lina Liao, Ms. Yafen Zhu, Mr. Jingyi Zhu, Ms. Meiya Gaoat Sichuan University( Chengdu, China), $25,000;
Hashmat Popat, Dr. Graham Gardner, Dr. Darren Stone, and Dr. Mohsen Tehranianat Cardiff University School of Dentistry( Cardiff, United Kingdom), $25,000.
"Increased EMEA and APAC adoption of clear aligner therapy continues to drive interest in developing a greater understanding of the scientific processes behind the therapy and its potential treatment advantages," said
The research study proposals approved for funding in 2014 include an evaluation of the rate of tooth movement of Invisalign® aligner trays after piezocision; comparisons between ClinCheck® treatment plans and tooth movements; a comparison of induced bone remodeling of Invisalign aligners and self-ligating appliances; multiple studies evaluating white spot lesions, caries and enamel loss during treatments with Invisalign versus fixed appliances; a prospective study on the influences of Invisalign appliances on oral bacterial community; a comparison of Invisalign aligners to fixed appliances in treating Class I adult patients; and an evaluation of how closely Invisalign optimized attachments are placed and reproduced from the doctor's prescription.
In 2013 Align introduced a new scanner research award component in recognition of the rapid increase in utilization of intraoral scanning technology. The following are the scanner award recipients for 2014:
Toru Deguchi, Dr. Allen Firestoneand Dr. Henry W. Fieldsat The Ohio State University College of Dentistry( Columbus, OH), $5,000;
Serge Dibartand Dr. Leslie Willat Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine( Boston. MA), $5,000;
Greg Huangand Dr. Weitao Liuat University of Washington School of Dentistry( Seattle, WA), $5,000;
Glenn T. Sameshimaat University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry( Los Angeles, CA), $5,000.
The four scanner award proposals consist of a comparison of the accuracy of digital models derived from different intraoral scanning devices; an evaluation of tooth movements, using the iTero scanner, following piezocision-assisted Invisalign treatments; a comparison of digital models created by intraoral scanning and plaster models; and a comparison of progress assessments using iTero® scanning and plaster models.
All proposals received were reviewed and prioritized by an independent academic committee in a blind evaluation. The 2014 academic committee is comprised of six members: Dr.
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